Small Shoes

Is it not a crime / unless we call it a crime?

Filmmaker Kate Dolan

Small Shoes

If there are fewer stars now 
than when I was a child,
I can’t say 
which are missing,
who was the last to see them.
Is it not a crime 
unless we call it a crime?
It is difficult to document
a disappearance,
a boat full of stars
Stars lying in the sand
wearing small shoes. 
Add that to the report:
some of the stars washed up
in small shoes.


“Small Shoes,” a poem by Maggie Smith. ©2017 Maggie Smith. Used by permission. This poem originally appeared in Rise Up Review.